In this June 6, 2014, file photo, allied troops crouch behind the bulwarks of a landing craft as it nears Omaha Beach during a landing in Normandy, France.  The D-Day invasion  broke through Adolf Hitler’s western defenses and led to the liberation of France from Nazi occupation just as the Soviet Army was making advances in the east, turning the tide of the war in the Allies’ favor. First responders will get to see a film about it for free on Friday.”

In this June 6, 2014, file photo, allied troops crouch behind the bulwarks of a landing craft as it nears Omaha Beach during a landing in Normandy, France.  The D-Day invasion  broke through Adolf Hitler’s western defenses and led to the liberation of France from Nazi occupation just as the Soviet Army was making advances in the east, turning the tide of the war in the Allies’ favor. First responders will get to see a film about it for free on Friday.”

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First responders will be honored with a complimentary screening of D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014, 40 mins.) on the anniversary of 9/11. 

Attendees also can view the "9/11 Tribute Exhibit," which features the largest World Trade Center artifact in Texas, a beam from the North Tower, which was installed in 2011 in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Urban Lantern. 

Newsman, historian and champion of World War II veterans Tom Brokaw narrates the documentary, which explores many facets of the invasion from military strategy to technology to the human toll. The film, itself a tribute to bravery and sacrifice, will pay tribute to the brave souls still on watch.

The film will be shown Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Omni Theater, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. Admission is free for first responders. Reserve your spot at bit.ly/RespondersFWMSH.

SUPERNATURAL OFFICIAL CONVENTION Texans Jared Padalecki (San Antonio) and Jensen Ackles (Richardson) will visit, along with Misha Collins andother co-stars, on Sept. 11-13 at Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. Richard Speight Jr. will host the convention, which is billed as a "special salute to the 10th anniversary." $30-$170. Admission is free for ages 6 and younger. Autographs cost $25-$50. creationent.com.

THE McKINNEY CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL Mary Badham, who played Jean Louise "Scout" Finch inTo Kill a Mockingbird, will be the special guest as the festival kicks off its inaugural year with a retrospective of courtroom classics. Attendees can walk the red carpet on Sept. 12 with Badham, who will participate in a VIP meet and greet, an onstage interview and the introduction of the beloved adaptation (1962, not rated, 129 mins.) of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Festival films also include Adam's Rib (1949, 101 mins.); 12 Angry Men (1957, 96 mins.); Inherit the Wind (1960, 128 mins.); and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, 129 mins.). The festival opens Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and ends Sept. 13 at 4p.m. with a party. Movies will be presented in the Courtroom Theater of the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. Admission is $10-$75. 214-544-4630. mckinneyclassicfilm.com.

DON'T BLINK: A DOCTOR WHO QUIZ Geeks Who Drink will host a one-night, live trivia event tied to the season opener of one of TV's longest-running shows. Brush up on the history of the Doctor, because that's a lot of source material. The organization, which specializes in themed quiz nights in bars across the country, will set up here on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Bryan Street Tavern, 4315 Bryan St., Dallas. Teams may have up to six people, with a $5 admission fee per player. Get there early; it's first-come, first-served. Costumes, prizes and what I'm sure will be a geek-out will ensue. geekswhodrink.com/pages/themed-quizzes.

STARS & STRIPES FILM FESTIVAL The lineup announced last week includes kickoff luncheon speaker Gen. Tommy Franks. Gen. George Patton's grandson, George Patton "Pat" Waters, will speak after a screening of Patton (1970, 172 mins.) on opening night of the festival, which is scheduled for Nov. 12-15 at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Other screenings include: Windtalkers; Zero Dark Thirty; We Were Soldiers; and In Defense of Freedom, a documentary featuring Highland Park High School veterans. Films will be followed by a Q and A with a guest connected to the events depicted. Tickets go on sale in October at $15; luncheon is $250; and passes start at $500. Proceeds will go to Sons of the Flag, which aids burn survivors. sonsoftheflag.org.

DVD LOOKOUT Week of Sept. 14 — Empire continues its media assault with the release of Empire: The Complete First Season. During a recent stop in Dallas, star Jussie Smollett sang four songs but wouldn't give up details, leaving lots of questions and little time to catch up before the Season 2 premiere, "The Devils Are Here," on Sept.23. An hour's worth of extras can't hurt, either. Also out this week: Cinderella; Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom; Furious 7; Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles; Love & Mercy; The Overnight; Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection; and Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Second Season.

Please send submissions at least two weeks in advance toThe Dallas Morning News, Film Events, 508Young St., Dallas, Texas 75202 or dburkes@dallasnews.com.

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